Premier League fixtures deal Arsenal boss Unai Emery a nightmare start

Jose Verdugo
Junio 14, 2018

But the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla coach has been given a daunting task at the outset of his reign, with Arsenal kicking off the 2018-19 season at home to Pep Guardiola's champions on the weekend beginning August 11 before then travelling to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea a week later.

Jürgen Klopp's side will also take on their other great rivals Manchester United at home first, the Anfield edition of that fixture coming on December 15, with a trip to Old Trafford following on February 23.

Tottenham, who will join City, United and Liverpool in the Champions League next season, begin their campaign at Newcastle for the second successive season before hosting Fulham a week later.

This is first time a club has been allowed to play home games at two venues in the same season. After the Gunners host the champions, the team now managed by Emery are at Chelsea.

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The promoted sides were all spared a daunting sequence of games to start the season - although all face one of the "big six" in their opening four matches.

Claude Puel's men then head to Southampton, host Liverpool and travel south to face AFC Bournemouth before a home clash with Huddersfield Town completes their opening six games.

Fulham, who booked their place in the top flight with victory over Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final, begin at home to Crystal Palace, before the trip to Spurs is followed by Burnley at home and Brighton away.

Among the final round of matches, scheduled for May 12, Manchester City are at Brighton - where they started last season - while Cardiff and Wolves are at Manchester United and Liverpool respectively.

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